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The 5-year IMI Trials@Home project (www.trialsathome.com) aims to reshape clinical trial design, conduct and operations by developing and piloting standards, recommendations and tools for the definition and acceptance of Remote Decentralised Clinical Trials (RDCT) in Europe. The project started September 2020. Different work packages will identify best practices for RDCT; identify and assess suitable technologies for deployment in RDCT; map the regulatory, legal and ethical framework for RDCT and determine the influence on ‘patient-health care provider interaction’ in RDCT. A pan-EU pilot trial to test the proposed approaches will be a central part of this project.
In this post-doc position you will play a central, scientific coordinating role in work package 3, which is in the lead for the development and execution of a pan-EUR pilot remote clinical trial, and will align with other work packages to make sure that all the different activities contribute towards a successful pan-EU pilot trial. In order to do this you will need to constantly bear in mind the broader goals of the project, while also contributing to more specific tasks, including the further development of the study protocol and the KPI outcomes for the trial; involvement in a patient preference study regarding RDCT; the development of training materials; the day-to-day project management of the pan-EU pilot work package; working together with the researchers managing the execution of the trial; evaluation of the findings from the trial; as well as contributing to the final recommendations of the project. As such, the function is a combination of hands-on work regarding the development and execution of a clinical trial in an international multi-stakeholder environment and the scientific work with respect to analysing and publishing the learnings from the separate activities and the results of the trial.
You have a background in epidemiology or health sciences, a PhD in a relevant area, experience in clinical (drug) trials and an interest in e-health/m-health technology/devices. Experience with patient preference studies (e.g. discrete choice experiments) would be an advantage. You can bear the broader goals of the project in mind, while also diving deeper into specific tasks and challenges. You are able to identify scientific opportunities in the operational aspects of the project. You must have proven writing ability, strong problem-solving and communication skills, and fluency in English. You have organizational sensitivity skills. You can work independently in a multi-disciplinary team and are interested in collaborating with different partners and stakeholders locally and internationally. Good project management skills are essential.
The maximum salary for this position (24 - 32 hours) is € 5.383,00 gross per month based on full-time employment.
In addition, we offer an annual benefit of 8.3%, holiday allowance, travel expenses and career opportunities. The terms of employment are in accordance with the Cao University Medical Centers (UMC).
The Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care is the academic coordinator for the IMI Trials@Home project. The Julius Center is one of the 11 divisions within the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht) and has a specific interest in Real World Evidence principles and methods. The Julius Center aspires to an international leadership role in obtaining and disseminating knowledge in the field of health sciences and primary care medicine. It has acquired a leading position by focusing on 3 pillars: ground-breaking research, successful education programs and academic primary care. The Julius Global Health group aims to build human capacity and infrastructures to improve health throughout the world. Its key outcome areas of interest are cardiovascular and maternal child health, and drugs are an essential intervention.
University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht)
Heidelberglaan 100, 3584 CX, Utrecht
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